A new school policy will be introduced Monday, April 3. This policy, which has already caused an uproar in the student body, will ban makeup usage in Ledyard High School.
As discussed in a policy meeting of district administrators on Wednesday, “Makeup is a facial covering — and it is hypocritical to ban certain attire and allow others simply due to its mainstream nature. Makeup can also disguise students, and non-students, allowing them to take on an alternate appearance which poses a significant safety hazard to both the faculty and student bodies.” This idea was first presented by a concerned parent who was assisted in the introduction of the idea to the meeting by Principal Amanda Fagan.
The administration, who anticipate an outcry from students, will not be discussing the issue until some time has been given to the matter. “It becomes a problem when I can’t recognize the students walking by me in my own hallway,” Principal Amanda Fagan said. “Don’t make me out to be the bad guy here. If there’s a bad guy, it’s all those YouTube make-up tutorials that show you how to change your face into Beyonce or Kim Kardashian. How am I supposed to differentiate a student from a visitor, or even an intruder, when all of you guys have learned how to change your facial features on a day-to-day basis?” she said.
Those who break the ban will be escorted to the nurse, where they will remove the makeup, no matter how minimal. “Students should embrace their appearances, not try to mask them with foundation and contouring brushes. Stop asking whether or not this policy is fair. Start asking why you can’t get through a day as your true self,” Fagan said.
Further disturbance will count as a class disruption, and will result in an after school detention. A formal announcement will be made on Monday, April 3, and the rule will officially take effect on Tuesday, April 4. Faculty will be exempt from the policy, as these individuals wear name tags consistently throughout the school day.
Jolie Suarez, Staff Writer
Sophomore Jolie Suarez is a staff writer for the 2016-2017 Colonel. She spends her time outside of class playing soccer and swimming. She also enjoys reading, writing, and singing.